January 13, 2022
Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 492 words, a 2-minute read.
🚨 Breaking: The Supreme Court blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for big businesses, but it will allow a similar mandate to remain for workers at federally funded health care facilities. Go deeper.
1 big thing: Million fewer college students
America now has 1 million fewer college students than before the start of the pandemic, reports Axios' Erin Doherty.
The big picture: Declines are hitting every category, including public and private colleges and two- and four-year schools.
- Enrollment among first-year students is 9.2% lower than pre-pandemic levels, even as it stabilized this fall.
- The hardest hit: Public two-year colleges, with a 13.2% drop since 2019, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found.
The bottom line: Omicron is sending colleges back to the behavior of spring 2020.
- That includes last-minute returns to online classes, The Wall Street Journal reports.
2. 🌎 Our COVID test prices vs. the world's
3. Catch up quick
- Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Go deeper.
- The RNC threatens to block future GOP presidential nominees from debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates unless "meaningful reforms" are made. Read the letter.
- 2021 was the sixth-warmest year on record, according to new, independent data from NASA, NOAA and Berkeley Earth. Go deeper.
4. 🗳️ Dave McCormick announces in Pa.
- "I shot my first buck right over that hill," McCormick says in an ad, clad in blaze orange. "It was huuuge."
- One of his beer-drinking friends interjects: "I thought it was a doe."
McCormick, 56, is running against TV's Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Republican nomination.
- McCormick was an Army combat paratrooper and official in the George W. Bush administration before becoming Bridgewater CEO — a job he gave up to run.
- A top issue: "Time for America's leaders to confront China's Communist Party head on," he writes in an op-ed.
Context: Christine Toretti, the state's longtime GOP national committeewoman, backs McCormick. So do fundraisers Pat Deon and Bill Sasso.
- Former state party chair Rob Gleason told Pittsburgh-based reporter Salena Zito that McCormick "is the guy that will win in a general."
5. 1 smile to go: This Maine attraction
This swirling disk of ice on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, is drawing gawkers in the heart of winter, AP reports.
- The disk — formed by currents and vortexes under the ice — first appeared in the river in 2019.